This post is part of a series – Supporting Students: A Guide for Faculty & Allies
Allies should be knowledgeable about when and how to report discrimination. The ASHA Code of Ethics states the following about discrimination for ASHA-affiliated professionals toward clients, colleagues, and students:
- “Individuals shall not discriminate in the delivery of professional services or in the conduct of research and scholarly activities on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, disability, culture, language, or dialect.”
- “Individuals shall not discriminate in their relationships with colleagues, assistants, students, support personnel, and members of other professions and disciplines on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, disability, culture, language, dialect, or socioeconomic status.”
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is responsible for reports of discrimination by a CAA-accredited academic program from clients, students, or faculty.
The ASHA Board of Ethics is responsible for reports of students experiencing discrimination from an ASHA-certified clinical supervisor or educator, and reports of clients experiencing discrimination from an ASHA-certified professional.
Within a university, reporting options may include the program chair, ombudsperson, and Title IX office. We encourage all educators to familiarize themselves with these systems at their institution, in order to appropriately refer students who may need assistance in accessing them.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2016). Code of Ethics. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. https://inte.asha.org/policy/et2016-00342/